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2011 legislative session

May 27, 2011

Business groups remain aligned with GOP budget

As the Republicans and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton persist in a stalemate that could result in a government shutdown, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson said he’s not getting pushback from his members on the Legislature’s central budget choice: to hold the line on tax increases.

May 22, 2011

Urdahl: House prevails in Legacy dispute

House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement on the main sticking point on the Legacy dedicated funding bill for outdoors and cultural projects.

May 11, 2011

The Paper Trail: K-12 education conference committee

After House and Senate Republicans on the K-12 education conference committee reached agreement on Tuesday night, the details were put in writing and released to the public Wednesday night.

May 4, 2011

GOP pushes budgetary constitutional amendments

With the once-frenzied budget process mired in conference committee doldrums, Republican-sponsored constitutional amendments that would clamp down on taxes and spending are filling the fiscal policy void.

Apr 27, 2011

Lawmakers mulling increase to threshold for independent expenditure groups

Campaign finance litigation in other states is prompting Minnesota legislators to consider increasing the monetary threshold that triggers when independent expenditure and ballot initiative groups are required to register with the state.

Apr 22, 2011

Gambling bills to ramp up at the Capitol

The stakes for gambling legislation will escalate when legislators return to St. Paul from Easter-Passover recess. Protests await legislators who are proposing to raise state revenue with a variety of gaming proposals.

Apr 20, 2011

Paper Trail: Fiscal note tussle continues with Zellers letter

House Speaker Kurt Zellers has sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton to reiterate the House's position in the continuing disagreement on the role of fiscal notes in the budget process.

Apr 13, 2011

Legacy money for PILT?

By law, the $540 million in anticipated 2012-13 proceeds from Minnesota's so-called Legacy Amendment, passed in 2008, are dedicated to specific environmental and cultural purposes. But it's been clear since the start of the 2011 session that legislators would seek to dragoon some of those dollars into helping to solve the state's $5 billion budget deficit.

Apr 11, 2011

Taxes conference committee is ready to square off

Both houses of the state Legislature have appointed their tax conferees. The Senate has also filled out the remainder of its budget conference committees.

Mar 30, 2011

Industrial hemp appears to be fallow at the Legislature

A bill that would allow the production of industrial hemp in Minnesota appears to have lost momentum in the House, where it initially got off to a fast start. The bill has stalled in committee and hasn't made it into agriculture budget bills.

Mar 28, 2011

Dayton lays out negotiating conditions on budget

Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to Republican legislative leaders in which he outlined some conditions for entering into negotiations on the state budget.

Mar 25, 2011

Controversy brews over environmental bills

Amid the flurry of big-ticket budget bills and spreadsheets that have overtaken the Capitol in the past week, the comparatively puny environmental budget bills moving through the Legislature have attracted little attention in most quarters.

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